A man needed 200 stitches after he was wounded in a vicious knife attack in Paraparaumu.

Wellington police say the serious assault happeend in Mazengarb Rd about midnight on Saturday.

A 20-year-old man received a large cut to his side with a craft knife or similar weapon and was taken to hospital in a stable condition. He had to have about 200 stitches.

Today police appealed for help from the public as they hunted for the weapon used in the vicious assault.

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They are asking if anyone has found a knife in the area around Mazengarb Rd, Te Atiawa Park, the Manly St beachfront or Paraparaumu golf course to contact their local police station.

Police have charged a 32-year-old man with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They are not looking for anyone else in relation to the attack.